West London Teacher Training Alliance (Primary) Primary (G844)

Postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS)

Accredited body
Roehampton University
Financial support
Salary
Qualification
PGCE with QTS

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) will allow you to teach in state schools in England and may allow you to teach in other parts of the UK.

It may also allow you to teach overseas, though you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Age range
3 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
June 2023
Website
http://www.wltta.org.uk/initial-teacher-training/primary-courses/
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Contents

Course summary

QUALIFICATION OUTCOME

This salaried teacher apprenticeship G844 leads to PGCE (M) QTS PGTA. The significance of the qualifications can be found here

SPECIAL FEATURES

This is a nationally recognised, work-based route into teaching. It offers a teaching qualification with no tuition fees and the opportunity to earn while you learn. It is aimed primarily at candidates who have a good understanding of what it means to work in a school and have built up some experience, perhaps as a teaching assistant or in similar role.

This course is run by the West London Teacher Training Alliance (WLTTA) in partnership with the University of Roehampton. We make prompt shortlisting decisions and will liaise with you quickly if we need additional information.

WLTTA normally enables you to choose where you aspire to work as your ‘main host school’. Later, if there is a teaching vacancy and they want to retain you, you can be employed for the following year without the post being advertised. By becoming a WLTTA trainee, all our other schools could employ you this way and we operate a pool.

Our aim is to produce exceptional teachers who could remain in alliance schools to continue their careers, taking advantage of further professional development, including the accredited Early Career induction programme.

THE TRAINING

Training at the university will be every Friday with some additional days. You will explore educational theories and strategies that you will then implement in the classroom. In addition, you will complete three assignments which focus on this integration of pedagogy and practice and your reflections on the process. This training, alongside independent training tasks in school will account for approximately 8 hours of your teaching time per week.

You will be located predominantly in your employing host school but in the spring term you will gain experience in a contrasting (mainstream) school (chosen by WLTTA) for approx. 6 weeks to add further depth to your training.

Teaching Load

Each student is different and may progress at different rates but by the end of the first term will probably be teaching up to 40% of a teaching timetable with support from their mentor. By the end of the final term this will have risen to 80%.

School placements

CHOOSING YOUR MAIN HOST SCHOOL

With WLTTA, we want you to select your main host school at application, as a school where you aspire to work. On this particular course we have one school trust (3 schools) seeking external applications for the salaried apprenticeship, as listed in table at the end of this section.

We then later arrange your second placement at another contrasting WLTTA school to provide greater depth to your training experience.

The characters and location of our schools are varied. To help you decide, please refer to our WLTTA Primary & Nursery School Summary Descriptions and our Map of WLTTA Schools.

You can contact us to ask how many applications (if any) are being considered by different schools when you are applying.

DETAILED WEBSITE AND LIVE ONLINE PRESENTATION & Q&A

We recommend that you visit our website www.wltta.org.uk to properly see all our vacancies. We have many other primary teacher training courses at other schools, some of which uniquely come with a financial bursary from the schools. You can download the course documents and see a video about us, with previous trainees being interviewed.

You can also sign up there to join our fortnightly Zoom presentation about getting into teaching and it includes an opportunity for Q&A. The presentation explains all about the different routes into teaching and their separate benefits; how the money works; tips about using the ‘Find Postgraduate Teacher Training’ portal; applications; offers; etc. No pressure, you don’t have to attend this at all - it’s just there for anyone who is trying to understand it all better. We get excellent feedback on this year after year.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.

Grade 4 (C) or above in English, maths and science, or equivalent qualification.

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English, maths or science.

Candidates with pending GCSEs will be considered. Equivalency tests will also be accepted in English, maths or science.

For the avoidance of doubt: ALL WLTTA primary courses require a degree equivalent to a UK honours degree at 2:2 or above.

For both the degree and GCSEs, where appropriate, see our important guidance on Overseas Qualifications.

See also which equivalency tests we accept GCSE Equivalency tests.

We would not shortlist anyone with all three GCSEs outstanding.

We prioritise shortlisting of those with either none outstanding, or only one outstanding, over someone who still needs to take two equivalency tests.

Personal qualities

We seek trainees with a passion to engage and inspire students to a love of learning, who are:

  • committed to championing their students;
  • open to learning about children’s physical/social/emotional/cognitive needs and how these can affect behaviour;
  • in good health with ability to cope with stress. Teaching is incredibly rewarding, but also requires an element of resilience!
  • professional and committed to equal opportunities;
  • able to communicate well in written/spoken English, with at least basic computer skills and commitment to developing these.

It helps to have a sense of humour and an ability to laugh at yourself!

Other requirements

A realistic understanding of the role of a teacher and an awareness of some current issues facing the profession is also important. We have some advice relating to school experience on our website: WLTTA School Experience tab

Offers are conditional on satisfactory outcome of a DBS check administered by your main host school (approx. £50) and an occupational health check (approx. £20) administered through the university. Both of these checks take place after an offer is accepted.

Salary

You would be employed by your chosen host school, with the course starting in June 2023 and completing in July 2024.

You would be paid a salary by the employing host school in line with the ‘Non-Qualified Teacher Pay Scale for 2023-24’, normally at the Point 1 level. This government pay range is expected to be published in Sept. 2023.

As a guide, Point 1 on the Unqualified Teacher Pay Range for 2022-23 is:

  • £ 24,254 (for a school in Inner London)

Paid apprentices are not eligible for bursaries or student loans but you will have no tuition fees to pay. Tuition fees are paid to the university from other sources.

Fees and financial support

About the training provider

THE WEST LONDON TEACHER TRAINING ALLIANCE (WLTTA)

The West London Teacher Training Alliance represents a large group of 70 schools (nurseries, primaries, special needs, secondaries, sixth forms; faith and non-faith, maintained schools, independent schools and free schools) – who are all seeking to mentor and build a relationship with a trainee who aspires to work in their school.

Most of our schools are in Hammersmith & Fulham and Kensington & Chelsea, but we also have schools in Westminster, Richmond, Twickenham, Ealing, Hounslow, Hillingdon and Brent.

The WLTTA office is based at Sacred Heart High School, in Hammersmith.

We have formal partnership arrangements with four universities

  • St Mary’s University, Twickenham
  • University of Roehampton
  • University College London (UCL)
  • London Metropolitan University

OUR APPROACH TO TRAINEE RECRUITMENT

We pride ourselves in the support that we provide potential applicants and in the speed of our shortlisting. We have a detailed website (see link at top of page) and the WLTTA office is staffed full time with experts to talk to on the phone.

We want you to choose the schools where you aspire to work, when you apply. If you perform well at interview but fail to get a place at your preferred school, we operate an internal referral system rather than rejecting you (see the interview section below).

We place significant emphasis on getting a good fit between trainee and school because we are all keenly focused on recruitment for qualified teachers in our alliance schools the following year.

About the accredited body

This WLTTA course is accredited by University of Roehampton, who have been at the forefront of teacher education for over 100 years. Many members of staff are at the cutting edge of research in teacher education, which has a positive impact on the quality of our provision; tutors have extensive teaching experience in schools with many having served as consultants or as Ofsted inspectors.

The university experience is enhanced by its beautiful campus - unique in being both close to central London and set in parkland with grand, historic buildings and lakes side by side with newly built modern facilities.

Interview process

Once shortlisted, we would invite you to an interview with your host school and a university representative.

In addition to the panel interview, you may be asked to prepare in advance, to carry out a task in the classroom e.g. to discuss an object of your choice with the pupils; or to teach a specified topic to a small group for a short time.

You need to bring with you ID documents and certificates to be verified.

You would also be asked to complete short literacy and numeracy tests.

INTERNAL REFERRALS

If you are not selected as the preferred candidate but have demonstrated potential, you can then choose another programme of ours and where appropriate we would recommend you for shortlisting. We hope to fit good candidates with schools that they are happy with and where they can secure an offer. Remember that we have unique additional bursaries with many of our unsalaried courses.

International candidates

To apply for this teaching apprenticeship course, you’ll need to have lived in the UK for at least 3 years before the start of the course.

EEA nationals with settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme who have lived continuously in the EEA, Switzerland, Gibraltar, or the UK for at least the previous 3 years will also be eligible.

You’ll also need the right to work in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:

  • are an Irish citizen
  • have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (you may still be able to apply)
  • have indefinite leave to remain in the UK

If you do not already have the right to work in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for salaried courses is the Skilled Worker visa.

To apply for a Skilled Worker visa you need to be sponsored by your employer.

Sponsorship is not available for this course.

If you need a visa, filter your course search to find courses with visa sponsorship.

Alternatively, check if you’re eligible for a different type of visa, such as a Graduate or Family visa, that allows you to train to be a teacher without being sponsored.

Find out more about training to teach in England.

International qualifications

If your qualifications come from a non-UK institution, we may want to see a ‘statement of comparability’ from UK ENIC. This will show us how they compare to UK qualifications.

You can call Get Into Teaching on 0800 389 2500 for:

  • guidance on the UK equivalents of your qualifications
  • a free statement of comparability once you’ve submitted your application (if we ask you for this)

Training with disabilities and other needs

WLTTA and all our partner universities are committed to supporting students with disabilities. Please contact us as early as possible in your application process so that your needs are met and support can be arranged.

You can also find support and information from the university accrediting the course that you hope to apply for:

ST MARY’S UNIVERSITY offers advice and support to their students who have requirements as a result of a disability, specific learning difficulty (e.g. dyslexia), medical condition or temporary disability, such as injury. St Mary’s Dyslexia and Disability Co-ordinator (DDC) works closely with the other members of the Student Services team, supporting students in their time at university assisting them to be proactive in their studies as an independent learner. http://www.smuc.ac.uk/student-support/dyslexia-and-disability/

UNIVERSITY OF ROEHAMPTON: http://www.roehampton.ac.uk/Disabilities/Support/

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Contact this training provider

Email
pcurrey@sacredh.lbhf.sch.uk
Telephone
020 8748 7600 x466
Website
http://www.wltta.org.uk/initial-teacher-training/primary-courses/
Address
WLTTA Office c/o Sacred Heart High School
212 Hammersmith Road
Hammersmith
London
W6 7DG

Support and advice

You can speak to a teacher training adviser for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.

Call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

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